Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista
In what may be the most candid interview on Oprah by a Hollywood star, Teri Hatcher explained why she took pictures of herself without make up after a shower and posted it on her facebook fan site. After a photo shoot by Matthew Rolston for the latest season of Desperate Housewives, Hatcher went home to relax. “After I came out of the shower I used my Blackberry which I take everywhere I go and took pictures of myself. I wanted to show the truth.” The show was re aired last night on Oprah at DIVA Universal. Better known as DIVA for short, it is one of the newest cable channels airing the marathon countdown episodes of Oprah before the airing on Winfrey’s new network.
Hatcher also shot a personal video of herself waking up at 4am and showed her transformation on the make up chair of the show. She said she was “never into the social networking thing but thought that putting it on facebook would be a great way to share how I really looked.” Seeing herself in the glammed up photo which included her new co star Vanessa Williams made her feel like it wasn’t representative of who she really was as a person.
Several newspapers have since picked up the photos and has been praised for shattering the unattainable physical perfection that women see and idealize everyday. She admitted to having to put Botox once but resented the fact that tabloids have speculated on her having cosmetic surgeries on various parts of her body. The reason she came on Oprah was to get the ball rolling in the discussion of body image especially for women ‘growing older.’ Personally and honestly as a guy, I’m still very much attracted to Teri Hatcher without make up fresh from the shower, even when she speaks about her imperfections like dark circles and wrinkles.
For a lot of people Hatcher has been a true hero in every sense of the word. On the BIO network’s feature on her, she was able to show her courage in another arena. Upon learning that a sexual abuser was on trial, she also discovered that the suspect was someone from her past. Hatcher immediately contacted the prosecution and volunteered her testimony. Hatcher had been one of his victims and she testified her own experience. At this point she already had a successful career as an actress and was not worried with the consequences. Many other child and teen victims surfaced when news broke out of her testimony. The prosecuting attorney squarely credited their legal victory to Hatcher.
Teri is able to show her inner beauty with the courage that she has shown and her desire to uplift the self image of women everywhere. Sybil Shepherd and Linda Evans were also guests on Oprah for that episode. I was having dinner as my mom insisted on putting the set on Oprah, the episode before that showed her giving an Australia trip for her 25th anniversary audience. No less than John Travolta came off a mock up of the Qantas Jet that landed on the set as their pilot.
Oprah is an example of how powerful, uplifting and inspiring a television show can be. On one hand it can be extremely commercial, plugging Qantas, Australia, even the free waterproof smart phones from Motorola that were also handed out to the audience who went on the trip. On another episode it deals with Women’s self image issues just as in the case of Teri Hatcher, Sybil Shepherd and Linda Evans. The episode after Teri was Portia De Rossi’s interview on her autobiography “Unbearable Lightness.” The book explains her struggles with Anorexia, bulimia and on hiding her homosexuality.
There is this delicate but understandable balance between creating an audience by giving stuff away and real issues. Most of the time Oprah deals with a lot of concerns that help improve the lives of her viewers, such as in health with the Dr. Phil segments, or culinary skills with Rachel Ray. Both of whom have had successful spin offs. She also has a lot of celebrities on her show but it’s never in a stupid way where they feature famous people for their own sake or when they do that, it’s balanced with an important issue. In my humble opinion, we need people like Teri Hatcher and Oprah Winfrey here in Philippine media, who are courageous and willing to speak the truth. And I sincerely believe we have them, we just need to recognize them and give them the spotlight they deserve.